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GM backs Bobby Valentine

Updated: April 23, 2012, 9:43 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington emerged from a closed-door meeting on Saturday night with manager Bobby Valentine, CEO Larry Lucchino and majority owner John W. Henry to say he was "very satisfied" with the manager's performance while acknowledging the team's pitching "has to improve."

Cherington met with reporters to announce the team had completed a trade with the Cubs for outfielder Marlon Byrd nearly two hours after the Red Sox blew a 9-0 lead to the New York ...

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